10 Important Things Every Candidate Should Know Before Joining A Company!

For a few people getting job Is very tough and for few others, they’ll adjust with any job that comes their way and for very few others, they’ll not accept every job that is offered to them, they are very choosy, they look into several benefits before they actually sign an acceptance letter.

Among all the three, actually 3rd person is correct because if you accept every job that comes your way (even if not related to your education or career prospects) due to one or the other reasons you’ll end up being with no company for long duration and get no proper experience or skill set with any job/company.

Going forward you might even end-up absconding your job, which is very bad to your career prospects to get a better job again.

But if you cross check all your benefits & domain before joining a job. Not only you’ll stick to the company for longer periods, but you can also enjoy all sorts of benefits that a job brings to you. Such as appraisals, incentives, job promotions, hike in the salary, credibility, PF amount, gratuity, skill set and many more.

So, Sticking to one company for longer periods (5-10 years & above) will actually make you a senior person with special job benefits and you’ll improve a lot and get leadership qualities in that domain.

Not just that you’ll also get many long-last work relationships within and outside of the company. So, today let’s see, what to know before joining a company…!

10 Important Things To know/Ask Before Joining A Company!

Roles & Responsibilities

Check if the role given to you is really exciting, that matches your mindset? What are your everyday responsibilities and who is your reporting manager?. See, if there are any weekly/ monthly/ quarterly targets and if they are achievable? What are companies expectations from you?

Will the role potentially help you grow down the road. The most important one is, see the chances of you getting fired in the worst cases of yours.

About Package Benefits

Of course, the end of the day we all work for a salary. So, we should clearly know our take-home package. Are they paying for your health? If so, how many diseases are covered under the plan and what are its procedures and duration of claiming. Are there any additional hidden charges/deductions from your package? What will happen if the company goes effect of recession?

Ask About Leave Management System

Most big companies have a separate induction class to talk about their company, vision, and mission, leave management system, history and growth, vacations and appraisals. But there is nothing wrong in knowing about the leaves you were offered in the joining letter.

About The Company Through Its Employees

You can hear great grand things about any company through its hr and operations manager but it’s actually through the company employees you get some crucial information. Know if you can get along with its employees?

This doesn’t mean you spy the company and write a report on it. But only to know its reputation, work culture, appraisals, and financial condition and future plans and projects of it for your better future. Also, see that if the company values match with yours!

You can also read the reviews about the company in www.glassdoor.co.in written by its employees, you can also check the companies brand value in the market by googling.

About Travelling And Relocation Expenses

If you are going to relocate to their branch office in a different city, ask about the relocation expenses or how the company is going to help you with transportation and accommodation facilities.

Ask About Educational Opportunities

Know if the company is going to offer any additional training on the project or send out for a quick training session and will it help to advance in your career. Because few companies offer apart and full payment of tuition fees if you want to study further as this is a kind of trust building between both the employee and the company.

Eg: Companies like HCL, Genpact, GEICO, Novartis, Whirlpool, Genentech and several other Multinational companies offer tuition fees assistance to its employees.

Work Review And Evaluations

This is a polite way of asking hikes and incentives. Few companies give appraisals in 6 months, few companies per year. So, knowing it will help to give your commitment and spend your valuable time. Plan your skill sets.

See what are the goals of the job, will they measure your job success or not?  Means your job success and failure will be addressed at least once in a year. This is only to know if there is a room for growth within the company.

What Happened To The Previous Person In The Same Position?

Try to understand why he left the job, how long did he/she last in the role, on what situations will give you some insight and anticipations for you to evaluate your offer.

Check If The Company Offers Any Security And Stability?

In the sense, see the success history of the company, does it have any steady success or fall downs. What sort of pressure will be on you with its track record? Will you be challenged in a positive way. What are the companies policies and practices?

Work-life balance.  

There will days where you have to work extra hours, there will be days where you can’t come to the office for 15 days (marriages/death ceremonies in the family and etc). see that work-life balance if there are options of working from home? Or going on for a long leave such a parental leave, sick leave, vacation, etc.

Ask For Everything In Writing

Ask for all the benefits explained to you in writing, this can be a danger of you losing the offer but it also shows your commitment and dedication towards your employment.

Because a written agreement is more credible than a mere oral agreement.  

This is only to be careful with the fake companies’ false promises.

All the above is only to give you an overview of the job offer before joining a company, such that you’ll not fumble when the hr manager asks you if you have any questions related to the company.

-E. Hemachandra Prasad